Monday, June 23, 2008

"I'm always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize I'm listening to it."

"Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy."

I am never effected by the death of a celebrity. They're famous, they're distant, and for the most part, I tend to believe that no one has any business equating celebrity fandom or admiration with actually knowing the real person in question.

That said, I'm surprised by just how saddened I am by the sudden passing of George Carlin. It's not like I knew him, or ever had a conversation with him, but my love of his work can't be understated.

The man was smart, engaging, cantankerous, opinionated, and always, always innovative. His playful manipulation of diction, rhythm, stream of consciousness and gravitas has become a guideline for every wannabe comic out there. And for disciples of the idiom that is "truth in comedy," Carlin's ability to create public joy from private pain is a blueprint all comedians and writers could only hope to someday get close to mastering.

Carlin is definitely up there with Pryor in the Mount Rushmore of comedic greatness, always making you think, question, and wonder; all while eliciting more laughter than one should legally be allowed.

Via LA Times

And now, the customary tribute to the work that will continue to ripple and reverberate with every writer, comedian, or kid that happens to wonder why laughing makes the pain feel almost good...

The Famous Seven Words You Can't Say on Television

An early impersonation of JFK

The beloved distinction between 'Baseball & Football'

An indictment of White people

"Touched By An Atheist"

"At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom."

"A Good Bullshit Story"

Making Kevin Smith movies bearable

Always the candid interview

A legend indeed.

"Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck."

UPDATE: Louis C.K.'s thoughtful remembrance.

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